////Utagawa Sadahide. Yukari no Edo-zakura / Fan print, 1830.

Utagawa Sadahide. Yukari no Edo-zakura / Fan print, 1830.

Artist: Utagawa Sadahide [歌川 貞秀], a.k.a. Gountei Sadahide [五雲亭 貞秀] (1807 – c. 1878/9).

Signed: Gountei Sadahide ga [五雲亭貞秀画]

Pubisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, 1815 – 1869)

Date-aratame seal: Bunsei 13 / Tenpō 1 (1830).

Ref: Ritsumeikan University # Z0172-587.

Title: Yukari no Edo-zakura [ゆかりの江戸桜], often translated into English as ‘The Flower of Edo’, is a one-act kabuki play Sukeroku, written by Tsuuchi Han’emon (fl. 1701 – 1743) under the supervision of Tsuuchi Jihei II (1673 – 1760 ) at the beginning of the 18th century. From the beginning of the 19th century, the play was performed in the style of katōbushi.

助六所縁江戸桜(すけろくゆかりのえどざくら。「助六」– one of the main melodies in katōbushi (河東節) type of jōruri [浄瑠璃]. For a detailed explanation in Japanese, see also HERE).

Plot: In search of the stolen  Minamoto clan’s precious sword called Tomokirimaru, Soga Gorō (historical Soga Tokimune [曾我時致], 1174 – 1193) came to a Yoshiwara brothel under the disguise of a debaucher named Hanagawado Sukeroku. His elder brother, Soga Jūrō (historical Soga Sukenari [曾我祐成], 1172 – 1193) ), has assumed the guise of a wine vendor Shinbei. The character who had the Tomokirimaru sword was Ikyū (historical Iga no Heinaizaemon, a Tiara clan’s ally), see SVJP-0164.2014.

A series of three prints is dedicated to a katōbushi performance of the Soga-themed plays.

Yukari no Edo-zakura

The tatami night robe of Iwao

Tangled Hair and the Evening Braided Hat

They all have a background of hail patterns (Arare-ko-mon) [霰小紋], similar to Kunisada’s Iwai Kumesaburō II as An no Heibei [SVJP-0304.2019], see below.

Utagawa Kunisada, a.k.a. Toyokuni III . Kabuki actor Iwai Kumesaburō II as An no Heibei 1829

SKU: SVJP-0270-1.2019 Categories: ,

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